Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Playing With The OSR - First Impressions of SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City - Core Rules & Villain's Guide By Bloat Games

So I've been a Pulp & supers guy for a very long time. I've played em all & changed systems more times then 'Supes' has done the quick change in a phone book.. Then I recently saw Tim Brannan's post on his blog about Bloat Games SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City - Core Rules & Villain's Guide PDFs Kickstarter 
I'm not going to lie I didn't even know this was an OSR event. But after reading through Tim's blog entry I approached Eric Bloat for a copy of the preorder rules.

I've been scanning through it like a demon & it looks like alot of fun. I'm familiar with many of the Swords & Wizardry style concepts here. Many of the classes I've seen before in D20  Modern OGL  but here give a far more cohesive whole over the system. This is a complete OSR style super hero gaming system end of story. You don't need anything else to play this with.

There is a lot of crunch here allowing a player to go for 
 Humans, Mutant Animals, Borg Conversion and Power Armor, Magic, Mutant Abilities, Psionics, Speedsters and Super Soldier Drugs.  There are rules for , Background/Origins, Weapons, Equipment, Gadgets, Vehicle Upgrades, Vehicle Combat, Ranged & Melee Combat, Morale, Skills, Usage Die & more immersive play style. But this is all done from an OSR platform & outta of the box play.This book clocks in at 292 pages of actual playable content & that's where things break into context. This book is done very well & the lay out is easy on these old eyes. The column count is done professionally & so its easy to read. Characters straight out of the gate are going to kick ass. But the first thing I've thought of is 
 SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City - Core Rules & Villain's Guide going to be cross compatible with the  In Dark Places & Demogorgons rpg?! 
Why? Because kids are some of the most underutilized resources in super hero rpgs. That's right I know that they get constantly used in comicbooks & possibly the new Shazam film. But the truth is that In Dark Places & Demogorons is the perfect opportunity to introduce kid heroes & a possible origin point for new supers.

This is where SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City - Core Rules  shine because they give the DM the tools to make their campaigns happen.  Because of the PC customization option given by the system there's all kinds of options on the table top level for adventure gaming. There are some solid options that the system provides & street level adventuring is what this game excels at.
Do I think that
 SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City, succeeds as a street-level, & gritty  superhero game set in the near future? In a word oh yes! I'll be covering even more of this system & diving deep into the 

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